Arcs are available for placement in the following ways.
From the schematic editor:
- Choose Home | Graphical Elements | Arc or Home | Graphical Elements | Full Circle from the main menus.
- Right-click in the design space then choose Place » Drawing Tools » Arc or Place » Drawing Tools » Full Circle from the context menu.
From the schematic library editor:
- Choose Home | Circuit & Graphical Elements | Arc or Home | Circuit & Graphical Elements | Full Circle from the main menus.
- Right-click in the design space then choose Place » Arc or Place » Full Circle from the context menu.
After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair indicating arc/full circle placement mode. Placement is made by performing the following sequence of actions:
- Click or press Enter to anchor the center point of the arc/full circle.
- Move the cursor to adjust the radius of the arc/full circle, then click or press Enter to set it.
- Move the cursor to adjust the start angle for the arc, then click or press Enter to anchor it.
- Move the cursor to adjust the end angle for the arc, then click or press Enter to anchor it and complete placement of the arc.
- Continue placing further arcs/full circles or right-click or press Esc to exit placement mode.
Additional actions that can be performed during placement while the arc/full circle is still floating on the cursor and before the center point of the arc is anchored are:
- Press the Tab key to pause the placement and access the arc mode of the Inspector panel in which its properties can be changed on the fly. Click the design space pause button overlay () to resume placement.
- Press the Spacebar to rotate the arc counterclockwise or Shift+Spacebar for clockwise rotation. Rotation is in increments of 90°.
- Press the X or Y keys to mirror the symbol along the X-axis or Y-axis.
- Press the + or - keys (on the numeric keypad) to enlarge or shrink the symbol.
This method of editing allows you to select a placed arc/full circle object directly in the design space and change its size, shape, or location graphically.
When an arc/full circle object is selected, the following editing handles are available:
a selected Arc and Full Circle
- Click and drag A to adjust the radius.
- Click and drag B to adjust the arc/full circle end points (start and end angles).
- Click on the arc/full circle line – away from editing handles – and drag to reposition it. While dragging, the arc/full circle can be:
- Rotated (Spacebar for clockwise and Shift+Spacebar for counterclockwise) about the cursor.
- Mirrored (X or Y keys to mirror along the X-axis or Y-axis) relative to the cursor position.
- Moved in only the X or Y plane (hold Alt), depending on which direction the cursor is first moved from its starting point.
- Duplicated (hold Shift, then drag) to a new arc/full circle object.
This method of editing uses the Inspector panel mode to modify the properties of an arc/full circle object.
During placement, the Arc mode of the Inspector panel can be accessed by pressing the Tab key.
After placement, the Arc mode of the Inspector panel can be accessed in one of the following ways:
- Double-clicking on the placed arc/full circle object line.
- Placing the cursor over the arc/full circle object line, right-clicking then choosing Inspector from the context menu.
- If the Inspector panel is already active, by selecting the arc/full circle object.
- With the object selected, click View | Schematic | Inspector from the main ribbons.
Editing Multiple Objects
The Inspector panel supports multiple object editing in which the property settings that are identical in all currently selected objects may be modified. When multiples of the same object type are selected manually, an Inspector panel field entry that is not shown as an asterisk (
*) may be edited for all selected objects.